Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Media update

The Argus (Sussex) - £5m pavement falls payout
"Almost £5 million has been paid to people who have tripped up on Sussex pavements in the past five years. A total 1,556 people have demanded cash for bumps, bruises and broken limbs between 2000 and 2004, figures obtained by The Argus under the Freedom of Information Act show."

Birmingham Post - Jobs-row college facing inquiry
"A Midland college that is sacking nearly 500 staff is being investigated by a watchdog after using public money on a consultant to push through the drive. Walsall College of Art and Technology has employed Durham-based csm-consulting to advise on the restructuring since September. Walsall College has refused to answer a request from The Birmingham Post under the Freedom of Information Act to reveal how much it is paying Mr Graham."

Article 19 (Dance online) - ACE Backtracks On FOIA Refusal
"Arts Council England (ACE) has backtracked on a previous decision to deny Article19's Freedom of Information request for details of the 4Dance:Dance4Film television programme that aired on Channel 4 on December 29th. Initially ACE rejected the request on the grounds it would cost more than £450 (@£25 per hour) to retrieve the information. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows certain organisations to refuse requests if they determine that processing the request will exceed that amount."

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